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Home Town Buffet

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390 W Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020-3320
(619) 441-6477
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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La Mesa, California
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33 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2015

We went there for a late lunch and ended up getting a taste of both lunch and dinner items. We love the baked sweet potatoes and the steak was really good too!

Thank danielandluci
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2014

we went to Home Town Buffet 3 times while we were in San Diego and were charged a different amount each time. It was only within a few dollars, but it was still strange. One night we had a waitress that only came to our table once. The supervisor came over to clean off our table the other times and... More 

Thank Angel M
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2014

When Randy Young and Jessie (Mgrs) were in charge things were run well and you felt like you were at home. Zero points. I would much rather spend my money on a place that cares and food that is better.

Thank Jeannette C
El Cajon, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2014

Food was ok . not great just ok . the staff was very friendly But too make kids touch all the food and NOONE says anything.. So yeah we will not be going back

Thank SebastianandMichelle
El Cajon, California
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've been to the Home Town Buffet many times in the past. The food is good and its inexpensive, and plentiful. No you are right its not a 5 star restaurant, but there is plenty to help yourself too. If you want to eat a whole lot, give it a try. Its not home cooking but you can relax take... More 

Thank PCPA855
Bard, California, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2014

the food was bad. the chicken pie had no taste, it was bland. the fish was where their wasn't much choice. We will never go back. the old one we use to eat quite often. we never had to pay for our drinks. my husband ordered water and they charged us for a extra coffee. we told her at the... More 

Thank Karrlyn W
Dallas Tx
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2014

Had lunch the family on Tuesday. GM Jesse was at the register when we came in and was a very nice gentleman. We let him know our friend at the Motel Mike referred us over.My husbnad had the Make it yourself tacos, w/o shell. He laid the beef out on his plate added sour cream,pico, onions and cheese.Made a pig... More 

Thank PeggyLeg
El Cajon, California
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104 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013

After watching Under Cover Boss I sent a Message to Anthony Wedo about how poorly run this HTB was being run by Anna the GM Within 24 hours I had a reposnse from CEO Wedo and also a phone call from Mario Lee the Regional Manager asking me what needs fixed, A Week later a new Manager from Santee Jesse... More 

1 Thank Mike M
El Cajon, California
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104 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 30, 2013

Had eaten here for 20 years, and 19 with Randy as the GM. When Hometown filed Chapter 11 they cut Randy and ever since the service and food have gone down hill. They do not even have an acting GM. I reported them to the health Dept for seeing a cockroach crawling on the clean plates and nothing was done.... More 

2 Thank Mike M
Alpine, California
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

It was so crowded , kids running under foot , had to be careful where we stepped . Not a place we go to often .

Thank Dolores K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 390 W Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020-3320
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cajon
  • Phone Number: (619) 441-6477

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?